INDIE ANIMATION MIXTAPE: SIDE A
Animated features may get more attention, but the shorts are where the most exciting work is happening. Each year, Quickdraw’s programmers scour the globe for the most eye-catching, adventurous, downright jaw-dropping short films we can find, plucked from the most prestigious film festival lineups, the darkest depths of Vimeo and everywhere in between.
Narrative or abstract, hand-drawn or CGI, emerging artists or experienced animators, the one thing uniting all these films is that they are the best the world of independent animation has to offer.
A STORY IN THE DIAO LING GARDEN Dir. Wang Weiyu
As Chuang Tzu said, 'Ah! so it is that things bring evil on one another, each of these creatures invited its own calamity.'
BIRDLIME Dir. Evan DeRushie
A bird's-eye-view of the exotic bird trade industry.
EXTRAPOLATE Dir. Johan Rijpma
In this hand-drawn animation a line is being extrapolated through, and beyond, a grid.
ISLAND Dir. Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel
On a small island, a bunch of exotic creatures run across each other.
SCAVENGERS Dir. Joseph Bennett and Charles Huettner
Surrounded by strange creatures and unknown hazards, two explorers forage for survival on a distant world.
TOO TAME! Dir. Rebecca Bloecher
Seven protagonists, stuck inside the box, are trapped in their clichés and their recurring daily routine.
A WRESTLING TALE Dir. KATRINA NILL
A rivalry. A rebirth. The high drama of pro wrestling, told through paper cut-out animation.
CONDITIONER Dir. Shane Beam
An audition for a conditioner commercial becomes an otherworldly psychogenic experience.
FEEL THE BEAT Dir. Leslie Bell
An immersive sensory experience created through the interplay between abstract paint animation and sound collage.
PÉPÉ LE MORSE Dir. Lucrèce Andreae
Granny is praying, Mum is shouting, the sisters don’t care, Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, now he’s dead.
THIRD LAW Dir. Goran Radošević
A nameless city populated by featureless residents, driven by energies both alien and insidious.
TOUGH Dir. Jennifer Zheng
Some things can only be understood with maturity. An adult conversation sheds light on childhood cultural misunderstandings.